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1. Haslam Unveils $1.5B Transportation Plan -

Gov. Bill Haslam and Transportation Commissioner John Schroer have released the state’s three-year, $1.5 billion transportation program.

The Haslam administration said the plan unveiled Thursday takes a conservative approach because of uncertainty over future federal transit funding. It contains no money to pay for early engineering work on new projects.

2. Haslam Unveils $1.5 Billion Transportation Plan -

Gov. Bill Haslam and Transportation Commissioner John Schroer have released the state's three-year, $1.5 billion transportation program.

The Haslam administration said the plan unveiled Thursday takes a conservative approach because of uncertainty over future federal transit funding. It contains no money to pay for early engineering work on new projects.

3. Conduit Global Hosts Recruiting Fair March 18 -

Conduit Global, which announced in January that it is opening a call center in Cordova, is hosting a job recruitment fair Tuesday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

4. Conduit Global Hosts Recruiting Fair March 18 -

Conduit Global, which announced in January that it is opening a call center in Cordova, is hosting a job recruitment fair Tuesday, March 18, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Memphis Cook Convention Center.

5. Dad-Daughter Date Night to Benefit Girls Inc. -

Girls Inc. of Memphis is holding an evening of fun, food and adventure for girls and their dads or male role models.

6. White House: Stimulus Bill Was Good for Economy -

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — The costly $787 billion spending bill that President Barack Obama signed into law soon after taking office boosted the economy and helped avoid another Great Depression, the White House said in a status report on Monday's fifth anniversary of the law's enactment.

7. Girls Inc. Hosting Dad-Daughter Night -

Memphis-area fathers will soon have a chance to share a special night with their daughters while supporting a worthy cause.

Girls Inc. of Memphis is hosting the Daddy Daughter Adventure Night Saturday, March 1. The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Bridges. Girls Inc. said dads and daughters can show off their dance moves, climb Bridges’ rock wall and have dinner and dessert.

8. Empowering Programs -

On a recent Thursday night in January, 10 young girls enjoyed assorted cheeses, crab cakes, fruits and desserts at Napa Café in East Memphis.

While the girls, all members of Girls Inc. of Memphis, loved the food, it was their discussions with female employees from CB Richard Ellis Memphis that nourished their imaginations and ambitions.

9. Events -

The Daily News and In-Synk will host a Leadership Lunch and Learn discussing Marcus Buckingham’s book “The One Thing You Need to Know” Friday, Jan. 17, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Triumph Bank boardroom, 5699 Poplar Ave. Tickets are $20. Visit lnltheonething.eventbrite.com.

10. Events -

The Daily News and In-Synk will host a Leadership Lunch and Learn discussing Marcus Buckingham’s book “The One Thing You Need to Know” Friday, Jan. 17, from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Triumph Bank, 5699 Poplar Ave. Attendees do not have to read the book to attend. Tickets are $20. Visit lnltheonething.eventbrite.com.

11. Democrats Face 2014 Primary Challenge -

Shelby County Democrats hold their annual Kennedy Day Dinner fundraiser Jan. 18 as they prepare for the election year of the “big ballot” – the largest ballot of any Shelby County election cycle, and the one that includes the August elections for judicial offices, which happens every eight years.

12. Democrats Face 2014 Primary Challenge -

Shelby County Democrats hold their annual Kennedy Day Dinner fundraiser Jan. 18 as they prepare for the election year of the “big ballot” – the largest ballot of any Shelby County election cycle, and the one that includes the August elections for judicial offices, which happens every eight years.

13. Lindow Rejoins The Centre Group -

Tracy Lindow has rejoined The Centre Group human resources firm as a senior consultant following several years in Germany. As a senior consultant, Lindow will help organizations improve their bottom line through human asset development by leveraging compensations strategies, executive search, employee attitude research and leadership skills development.

14. Building Capacities -

Major road and highway projects like the Interstate 269 loop, I-40/240 and the Mallory Road interchange near Frank Pigeon Industrial Park made substantial progress during 2013, with several phases of important transportation corridors wrapping up and new projects planned for 2014 and beyond.

15. Beaten Path -

Footprints and fat tires have taken their toll on the Tour de Wolf Trail at Shelby Farms Park, and signs of its overuse are evident all along the roughly 6-mile path.

16. Pote Builds Bridges Through Seedco Community Work -

Seedco is a national nonprofit whose mission statement since 1987 has been “to advance economic opportunity for people, businesses and communities in need.”

This is done, says Lisa Pote, senior vice president for Seedco’s Mid-South regional office, by working with individuals and businesses, and within the communities themselves, “to be a contribution to the communities that we’re in.” Seedco has been working within Shelby County since 2004, and has 30 employees.

17. Chamber Official: Transportation ‘Huge Part’ of Local Economy -

The Traffic Club of Memphis hosted its monthly luncheon on Tuesday at The Racquet Club of Memphis, welcoming Andre B. Dean, the Greater Memphis Chamber’s vice president of public policy and community affairs, as the guest speaker. The club also held its annual board member elections, with incoming President Carey Treadwell of Dynamex Inc. taking the helm for the next year.

18. Cohen Nixes ‘Obamacare’ Reference -

U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen says calling the Affordable Care Act “Obamacare” is a “trap.”

“It is a crying shame that this country, the greatest country on the face of the Earth – we are the last industrialized country to try to give health care to all citizens. It’s about time,” Cohen said Monday, Nov. 11, at a Veterans Day barbecue luncheon he hosted at BRIDGES Downtown for veterans.

19. Events -

The Memphis Light, Gas and Water Division board will meet Thursday, Nov. 7, at 1:30 p.m. in the MLGW board room, 220 S. Main St. Visit mlgw.com.

20. Events -

L’Ecole Culinaire will hold a food drive for the Mid-South Food Bank now through Dec. 6 at the school, 1245 Germantown Parkway. Nonperishable and canned goods will be accepted. Visit midsouthfoodbank.org.

21. Events -

Memphis Rotary Club will meet Tuesday, Nov. 5, at noon at the University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Peter Letsou, dean of the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, will speak. Cost for nonmembers is $18. RSVP to Taylor Hughes at taylor@memphisrotary.org.

22. Supreme Court Term Begins Amid Government Shutdown -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court began its new term Monday by turning away hundreds of appeals, including Virginia's bid to revive its anti-sodomy law.

The justices took the bench just past 10 o'clock on the first Monday in October, even as much of the rest of the government was coping with a partial shutdown.

23. TDOT Lists Projects for October Bids -

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has released the projects for which it will accept bids next month.

The department plans to open bidding Oct. 18 on a total of 53 contracts, including 86 projects in 95 counties. TDOT will initiate resurfacing projects on several Tennessee interstate corridors, and bids will also be received on a number of maintenance projects such as cable barrier repair, intersection improvements and bridge repair.

24. TDOT Lists Projects for October Bids -

The Tennessee Department of Transportation has released the projects for which it will accept bids next month.

The department plans to open bidding Oct. 18 on a total of 53 contracts, including 86 projects in 95 counties. TDOT will initiate resurfacing projects on several Tennessee interstate corridors, and bids will also be received on a number of maintenance projects such as cable barrier repair, intersection improvements and bridge repair.

25. Gathering Targets Region’s Workforce Development -

When state officials gather at The University of Memphis University Center Wednesday, Sept. 4, to talk about workforce training, it won’t be with a check in hand to lead the effort.

State Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris of Collierville, who organized the 8:30 a.m. to noon session, wants state labor commissioner Burns Phillips and others from Nashville to listen to details of the training programs local business and higher education leaders have cobbled together over the last three years.

26. PepsiCo Executive Shares Rags-to-Riches Story -

When Richard Montanez started working for PepsiCo, he was a janitor.

Today, he’s 56, he heads multicultural sales and community promotions across PepsiCo’s North America divisions, and he is the company’s top Latino executive.

27. Moore Rejoins Girls Inc. as President/CEO -

Lisa Moore recently joined Girls Inc. of Memphis as president/CEO, returning to the organization where she began her career in the late 1980s. In her new role, Moore said, she will provide leadership and support to equip Girls Inc. of Memphis to effectively and efficiently fulfill its mission of equipping all girls to live strong, smart and bold.

28. PepsiCo Executive Shares Rags-to-Riches Story -

When Richard Montanez started working for PepsiCo, he was a janitor.

Today, he’s 56, he heads multicultural sales and community promotions across PepsiCo’s North America divisions, and he is the company’s top Latino executive.

29. Traffic Stop -

Planners of the eastern extension of the Shelby Farms Greenline – from Farm Road to the Cordova train station – are getting in some roadwork these days.

Frank Gianotti of the engineering and consulting firm Tetra Tech, and other planners of the extension have been hitting the streets recently to talk about the planning work that is about halfway complete.

30. School Opening Goes Smoothly With A Few Bumps -

Missed buses and late buses as well as late registration were an expected part of opening day of the consolidated school district.

And the problems arrived just as expected Monday, Aug. 5, but not in large enough numbers to cause any major disruptions on the opening day.

31. A Small-Business Star to be Born This Super Bowl -

NEW YORK (AP) – A small-business star will be born during a commercial break in Super Bowl XLVIII.

A company yet to be selected will have its own 30-second ad during the game, giving it the kind of exposure usually reserved for mega-brands like Budweiser and Chevrolet. The spot will be the culmination of a competition sponsored by software maker Intuit Inc., which has never run a Super Bowl commercial of its own, but is paying for one small business to be in the spotlight during the third quarter of the Big Game.

32. We’ll Always Have Paris -

ARDEN, N.C. – This suburb of Asheville is home to my newest favorite burger place. Don’t get me started on the Old-Fashioned – mustard, onions, chili, slaw. Check out frenchfryz.net.

33. July 5-11: This week in Memphis history -

2008: In The Memphis News cover story, Assistant U.S. Attorney Tim Di Scenza on the Tennessee Waltz corruption cases and the origin of the sting investigation: “For years and years and years – people have been complaining about the fact that we have in essence a corrupt Legislature – that we had corruption that was well known and epidemic in local government. And nobody seemed to be able to do anything about it.”

34. Local Color -

CARROLL CLOAR PAINTED US. Boyle is throwing a birthday party at Brooks for themselves and Carroll Cloar.

Everybody from around here is there – there on the walls, the ghosts of where we’ve been, specters of who we are.

35. Jamesbridge Apartments Sell for $3.6 Million -

3689 James Road Memphis, TN 38128

Sale Amount: $3.6 million

Sale Date: June 6, 2013

36. Jamesbridge Apartments Sell for $3.6 Million -

A California company has bought the 432-unit Jamesbridge Apartments at 3689 James Road in Raleigh for $3.6 million.

37. Old Boundaries Fade as Schools Merger Nears -

There is still some power left in the line that separates Memphis City Schools from Shelby County Schools with about two weeks left until the two public school systems formally become one.

That was evident Tuesday, June 11, as the countywide school board approved a slate of 35 policy decisions for the merged school system whose fiscal year begins July 1.

38. School Board Approves Use of Reserve To Fund Merger Budget -

Countywide school board members approved Tuesday, June 11, the use of $12 million from the reserves of the two combined school systems to bridge a funding gap in the budget for the first fiscal year of the consolidated school system.

39. Financial Speed Bumps for Innovations -

The creative process of birthing breakthrough innovations can provide a substantial top-line boon but too often suffers a fatal flaw felt in failed product launch after failed product launch.

Welcome to the Innovation Graveyard. Hundreds of millions of dollars get lost here.

40. PURE GOLD: Use Effective Taglines -

While many tools and technologies of marketing change at the speed of innovation, some fundamental elements retain their value. A few essential elements increase in value as more clutter finds new ways to compete for our increasingly valuable attention. Nothing has as much perennial value as an effective tagline.

41. County Commission OKs Capital Improvements -

The Shelby County Commission also approved Monday a capital improvements plan budget of $29.9 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The biggest part of that amount – $13.6 million – is pay-as-you-go projects funded from county savings with another $10 million in CIP funding from the federal government.

42. County Commission Approves Capital Improvements Budget -

The Shelby County Commission also approved Monday a capital improvements plan budget of $29.9 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1.

The biggest part of that amount – $13.6 million – is pay-as-you-go projects funded from county savings with another $10 million in CIP funding from the federal government.

43. Commission Approves Certified Tax Rate As Prelude To Tax Debate -

Shelby County Commissioners established a certified county property tax rate of $4.32 Monday, May 20, after much debate about what the calculation means in a reappraisal year where reappraisal values went down instead of up or staying roughly even.

44. Airport Passes $127.3 Million 2014 Budget -

The Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority on Thursday approved a $127.3 million budget that slightly lowers the overall amount airlines pay at Memphis International Airport even after Delta Air Lines drastically reduced the number of flights it operates.

45. Harper Finds Newest Adventure at Community Foundation -

When Memphis native Ashley Harper graduated from Central High School and left town, it was for the mountains.

46. Luttrell: County Budget Reaching Cuts Limit -

Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell refers to county government as “wholesale level government.”

He used the term again Tuesday, April 30, in a state of the county speech to the Memphis Rotary Club at the University Club.

47. Mississippi River Bridge Hit by Barge -

CARUTHERSVILLE, Mo. (AP) – For the second time in less than a week, a Mississippi River bridge has been struck by a barge.

The latest incident on the flooded river happened Thursday morning when a barge struck the bridge at Caruthersville, Mo. The bridge carries Interstate 155 traffic between southern Missouri and Tennessee.

48. Commitment to Memphis Shows in Wolowicz’s Work -

Melissa Wolowicz is up with the chickens every morning, working to make Memphis a better place.

The new vice president of development for BRIDGES has been raising chickens in her backyard since she, husband Shawn and son Grayson moved into Midtown and a house shaded by a canopy of trees.

49. Understanding the Importance of a Getaway -

THE TIME TO GET AWAY IS CLOSE. One morning last week. Anderson’s dogs were running, impossibly fast, circling a field of new wheat, impossibly green, and then through the woods and past the ponds, Snuffy bounding just ahead of us and Bow Wow off to our right in the trees. Their eyes were bright and their joy obvious, impossibly happy.

50. Riding the Rails -

By some estimates, America’s railroad companies are in the midst of the largest investment boom since the Gilded Age – when America’s railroad track mileage tripled between 1860 and 1880.

This year, North American’s freight railroads plan to invest $24.5 billion in intermodal terminals, new track, bridges and tunnels, safety equipment and rail cars, according to the Association of American Railroads.

51. Obama Pitches Public Works Spending to Create Jobs -

MIAMI (AP) – Trying to show that the economy remains a top priority, President Barack Obama promoted a plan Friday to create construction and other jobs by attracting private money to help rebuild roads, bridges and other public works projects.

52. Highwoods to Develop International Paper Tower -

The future of International Paper Co. in Memphis, where it’s long been based and where it recently reached a deal to solidify its presence here, is taking shape.

53. Highwoods Signs Build-To-Suit Lease with International Paper -

Highwoods Properties Inc. has signed a long-term build-to-suit lease with International Paper Co.

The agreement, announced by Highwoods Monday, March 25, involves Highwoods developing a 241,000-square-foot, nine-story Class A office building with structured parking in the Poplar Avenue corridor. That new building will sit directly across the street from International Paper’s world headquarters and main campus, and construction is expected to start in the fourth quarter, with completion by the end of the second quarter of 2015.

54. Events -

The Cotton Museum will host Patrick O’Daniel, discussing his book “When the Levee Breaks: Memphis and the Mississippi Valley Flood of 1927,” Thursday, March 28, at 5 p.m. at the museum, 65 Union Ave. Cost is free and includes a complimentary museum tour and reception. Visit memphiscottonmuseum.org.

55. Events -

The University of Memphis Law Review will hold its annual symposium Friday, March 22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law, 1 N. Front St. This year’s theme is “Breaking the Silence: Legal Voices in the Fight Against Human Trafficking.” Visit memphis.edu/law for a list of speakers.

56. Speck Suggests Riverfront Remedies -

Urban planner and designer Jeff Speck has told city government leaders that the recently renamed Jefferson Davis Park is the “obvious next opportunity” for riverfront development plans and represents a “big bang in an important place.”

57. Exterior Plans for Bass Pro Approved -

Bass Pro Shops’ exterior building and site improvements for repurposing the city-owned Pyramid as a destination retailer were approved by the Design Review Board Wednesday, March 6, but the board asked for more time to digest the company’s controversial signage requests.

58. Exterior Plans for Bass Pro Approved -

Bass Pro Shops’ exterior building and site improvements for repurposing the city-owned Pyramid as a destination retailer were approved by the Design Review Board Wednesday, March 6, but the board asked for more time to digest the company’s controversial signage requests.

59. Dorothy Day House Provides Families Hope -

Last week we discussed BRIDGES, which is an organization working to unite and inspire diverse young people to become confident and courageous leaders committed to community transformation. This week, let us highlight an organization focused on keeping homeless families together by providing free, temporary housing and the means to re-establish their independence: the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality (DDHH).

60. BRIDGES to Oz -

Last week we focused on a new form of mentorship, aimed at talent development and retention, with the University of Memphis and their LEAD program’s Professional Connection Lunches. This week let us discuss an organization that is uniting and inspiring diverse young people to become confident and courageous leaders committed to community transformation: BRIDGES.

61. U of M Files Permit for New Residence -

3615 Central Ave. Memphis, TN 38111

Permit Cost: $43.5 million

Project Cost: $53 million

62. Local Projects Up for Statewide Engineering Award -

Six Memphis-area projects are among those being considered in the 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards competition, presented by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee.

“Ridgeway Trace Retail Center” was completed by Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. for Weingarten Realty Investors. Surrounding the highly congested area near Ridgeway Trace, and traffic was improved by coordinating five traffic signals, adding lanes and widening roadways surrounding the development.

63. EDGE Board Approves Several Tax Freezes This Week -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. shows up to meetings of the local economic development body that grants tax incentives to businesses pretty predictably.

That’s not to say on a regular basis, rather his appearances are predictable because they tend to coincide with votes on tax deals for businesses moving into or expanding in the core city.

64. EDGE Board Approves Several Tax Freezes This Week -

Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr. shows up to meetings of the local economic development body that grants tax incentives to businesses pretty predictably.

That’s not to say on a regular basis, rather his appearances are predictable because they tend to coincide with votes on tax deals for businesses moving into or expanding in the core city.

65. Jamesbridge Apartments Sells for $7.2 Million in Foreclosure -

The 432-unit Jamesbridge apartments at 3689 James Road in Raleigh sold to a special servicer for $7.2 million after a foreclosure.

66. Local Projects in Running for Statewide Engineering Award -

Six Memphis-area projects are among those being considered in the 2013 Engineering Excellence Awards competition, presented by the American Council of Engineering Companies of Tennessee.

“Ridgeway Trace Retail Center” was completed by Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. for Weingarten Realty Investors. Surrounding the highly congested area near Ridgeway Trace, and traffic was improved by coordinating five traffic signals, adding lanes and widening roadways surrounding the development.

67. Events -

Kiwanis Club of Memphis will meet Wednesday, Feb. 13, from noon to 1 p.m. at The University Club of Memphis, 1346 Central Ave. Lucy Shaw will discuss the Bridges Out of Poverty program. Cost is $18 for nonmembers.

68. Events -

National Association of Women Business Owners Memphis will meet Tuesday, Feb. 12, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Chickasaw Country Club, 3935 Galloway Ave. City, county and state government representatives will discuss opportunities to gain government business. Cost is $25 for members, $30 for nonmembers and $35 at the door. Visit bit.ly/122SiTT to register.

69. Events -

Memphis Child Advocacy Center will hold its Works of Heart valentine auction, featuring works by more than 100 local artists, Saturday, Feb. 9, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Memphis College of Art, 1930 Poplar Ave. Visit memphiscac.org.

70. Archer-Malmo Grows Again With Lease Expansion -

Archer-malmo has inked an additional 3,000 square feet in the Cotton Exchange Building, bringing its total footprint in the historic 12-story Downtown tower to 41,277 square feet across six floors.

71. Ships Idle for Mississippi River Oil Cleanup After Crash -

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – Freight barges were idled among some 50 vessels stacked up Tuesday along a normally bustling stretch of the Mississippi River that was closed as crews worked to clean up leaking oil spilled in a weekend barge accident.

72. Barge Hits Mississippi River Bridge; Oil Cleanup Ongoing -

VICKSBURG, Miss. (AP) – Cleanup crews with booms skimmed oily water from the Mississippi River a day after a barge with more than 80,000 gallons of oil struck a railroad bridge near Vicksburg, spreading a sheen of light crude that kept part of the waterway shut to ship traffic Monday, authorities said.

73. ‘Memphis Enthusiast’ Ham Honored by Advertising Federation -

Phrases used to describe Cynthia Ham at the Thursday, Jan. 24, American Advertising Federation Memphis meeting included “the Memphis enthusiast,” “the art-aholic,” “the hostess/entertainer,” “a local celebrity” and even “a pushy broad.”

74. Chism Hardy Moves Deeper Into Logistics -

The certified public accountant who bought the old Coors Belle brewery in Hickory Hill seven years ago and turned it into Hardy Bottling Co. has taken the supply chain lessons from the business into the logistics industry.

75. ‘Memphis Enthusiast’ Ham Honored by Advertising Federation -

Phrases used to describe Cynthia Ham at the Thursday, Jan. 24, American Advertising Federation Memphis meeting included “the Memphis enthusiast,” “the art-aholic,” “the hostess/entertainer,” “a local celebrity” and even “a pushy broad.”

76. Imre Named Assistant Controller at Makowsky Ringel Greenberg -

Nancy Imre has joined Makowsky Ringel Greenberg LLC as assistant controller. Imre is responsible for the real estate management company’s accounting department, overseeing investor reporting and preparation of corporate financial statements.

77. Haslam Addresses School Vouchers Issues -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam says the third year of significant education reform legislation in the Tennessee General Assembly will include vouchers but added that “ultimately our efforts in Tennessee are going to be around the vast majority of kids that are in public schools.”

78. AP IMPACT: Deficient Levees Found Across America -

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Inspectors taking the first-ever inventory of flood control systems overseen by the federal government have found hundreds of structures at risk of failing and endangering people and property in 37 states.

79. Foreclosure Notice Filed on Jamesbridge Apartments -

A first-run foreclosure notice has been filed against the owner of the 432-unit Jamesbridge apartments at 3689 James Road in Raleigh.

80. Degrees of Difficulty -

Leaders of the city’s five higher education institutions say they are all grappling with the issue of relevance in a changing world and economy as they compete for students with missions that make them different from one another.

81. International Paper Touts Community Support -

The Memphis-Shelby County Industrial Development Board meets Wed., Dec. 19, to consider a request from International Paper Co. for government tax incentives to support an expansion of its headquarters here.

82. Commission to Vote on Industrial Land Sale -

Shelby County Commissioners take up the proposed sale Monday, Dec. 3, of 33.6 acres of land in the Frank C. Pidgeon Industrial Park in southwest Memphis.

Carolyn Hardy, owner of the Hardy Bottling Co. and consultant to the Blues City Brewery operation that later bought the plant, wants to buy the last available roadside acreage in the industrial park for a business to store and stage modular containers.

83. Volunteer State -

Sarah Petschonek grew up with the importance of volunteering instilled in her by her parents.

As children, she and her two younger siblings would pull a wagon around the Jacksonville, Fla., neighborhood where she grew up, handing out fliers and picking up canned goods for food drives.

84. Development Accelerator -

The city of Millington didn’t have a city engineer until 2008 when it had to have one in order to have local control over the Veterans Parkway road construction project.

“I thought it was kind of my cross to bear since I was hired in 2008,” Millington City Engineer Darek Baskin said this week of the road.

85. Events -

LaunchMemphis will host Risk City: Global Entrepreneurship Week 2012 programs and networking events Monday, Nov. 12, through Friday, Nov. 16, at multiple Memphis locations. The global event connects entrepreneurs with potential resources and collaborators. Visit launchmemphis.com for a schedule.

86. Great Outdoors University Hits Milestone, Eyes Expansion -

The Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Great Outdoors University program is fulfilling its goal to connect inner-city children with nature in meaningful, life-changing ways.

The youth conservation education and outdoor experience program recently surpassed the 12,000 meaningful experiences milestone and now prepares for expansion into North Carolina and Missouri, as well as growing in Tennessee.

87. Airports and Stock Exchange Reopen After Superstorm Sandy -

NEW YORK (AP) – Two major airports reopened and the New York Stock Exchange got back to business Wednesday, while across the river in New Jersey, National Guardsmen rushed to feed and rescue flood victims two days after Superstorm Sandy struck.

88. LeMoyne-Owen Gets $1 Million Gift -

The estate of a 1940 graduate of LeMoyne-Owen College is donating $1 million to the college’s annual fund, college officials announced Friday, Oct. 19.

It is the largest single donation in the 150-year-history of the city’s only historically black college.

89. Report Details Tennessee's Infrastructure Needs -

A report released by a state commission says Tennessee needs $38 billion by 2015 to improve public infrastructure.

The report, released by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations, shows what type of improvements are needed, from repairing roads and bridges to adding additional water lines and sewers.

90. Events -

Tennessee Shakespeare Co. will present “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” Thursday, Sept. 20, to Sunday, Oct 7, at Poplar Pike Playhouse, 7653 Old Poplar Pike. Visit tnshakespeare.org.

91. Workshop Will Address Health Inequities, Outcomes -

Healthy Memphis Common Table and The Assisi Foundation of Memphis Inc. will sponsor a Bridges Into Health workshop called “Strategies to Reduce Inequities and Improve Health Outcomes” Sept. 21.

92. Staying on Course -

A few days ago, trade publication “The Bond Buyer” reported that Phoenix, Ariz., is facing a $14.8 million deficit to operate its six golf courses and is mulling whether to sell or shutter them.

The city is reportedly considering those possibilities in light of factors that include a glut of courses, growing competition for golfers’ attention and a decline in the sport’s popularity. Blane Merritt, general manager of the TPC Southwind private golf club in Memphis’ Southwind community, can empathize with what Phoenix is wrestling with.

93. Donnell Road Bridge to Close for Two Weeks -

The Donnell Road Bridge across Crooked Creek in north Shelby County will close Sept. 10 for work by the Shelby County Bridge Section and reopen Sept. 22.

The detour begins at Donnell and Millington-Arlington Road to Brunswick and Pleasant Ridge roads to pick up Donnell on the other side of the bridge.

94. US Economy Grew at 1.7 Percent Rate in 2nd Quarter -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The U.S. economy grew at a tepid 1.7 percent annual rate in the April-June quarter, suggesting growth will stay weak in the second half of the year.

Slightly stronger consumer spending and greater exports were the main reasons the Commerce Department reported Wednesday that growth was better than its initial estimate of 1.5 percent. Still, growth has slowed from the 2 percent annual rate in the January-March quarter and the 4.1 percent rate in the fourth quarter of 2011.

95. Pediatrician Shares Vision of Health Care in Memphis -

Dr. Randy Christensen is a pediatrician who came to Memphis to share – with audiences that included medical professionals as well as members of the broader business community – his vision of how health care should be approached.

96. Events -

The National Association of Women Business Owners – Memphis will meet Tuesday, Aug. 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at Napa Cafe, 5101 Sanderlin Ave., suite 122. Author and trainer Jodi Santangel will present “Cracking the Code to Connecting Powerfully With People.” Cost is $18 for members and $20 for nonmembers. Register at nawbomemphis.org.

97. Events -

Shelby County Trustee David Lenoir will address the Collierville board of aldermen Monday, Aug. 13, at 6 p.m. at Collierville Town Hall, 500 Poplar View Parkway. The open forum will include an update on property tax revenue and future economic trends affecting the community. Visit shelbycountytrustee.com.

98. Archer-Malmo Grows as Business Surges -

Archer-malmo has added more than 20 people to its professional staff this year, and the growth outlook is positive.

By the end of this year, the city’s largest advertising agency’s total employee roster will have expanded to about 120, marking its peak in professional staff. Archer-malmo had that high of a headcount briefly in late 2006 and early 2007, but this growth is distinct, said CEO Russ Williams.

99. Funding Brings More Changes to Riverfront -

The world’s largest steamboat will have some company at Beale Street Landing. Water taxis would travel from the landing at the foot of Beale to the south end of Mud Island River Park and back as part of a still developing plan that last week secured $800,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

100. Nucor Shares Hammered After Q2 Earnings Drop -

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Nucor Corp. said Thursday that its net income slid 63 percent in the second quarter, dragged down by a joint-venture charge and expense connected to an acquisition.